Augusta University names inaugural dean of libraries

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Brad Warren has worked at several research universities in a variety of positions, including Yale University, UNC Charlotte, and North Carolina State University.

Brad Warren, former senior associate dean of library services at the University of Cincinnati, has been named Augusta University’s inaugural dean of libraries.

Reporting to the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, as the dean of libraries, Warren will oversee the Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library on the Health Sciences Campus and the Reese Library on the Summerville Campus.

“Brad is an innovative and visionary leader who will serve in this historic position as our first-ever dean of libraries. Brad will work alongside AU’s other 10 deans to elevate our libraries, so our libraries can support our enrollment and research growth. Having worked with Brad previously, I know he is the right person at the right time for AU,” said Dr. Neil MacKinnon, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.

Warren has extensive experience in strategic planning work and facilities development necessary to lead a research library. At the University of Cincinnati, he led the development and creation of the UC Libraries’ 10-year strategic sizing charter in response to an anticipated 50% increase in student enrollment.

At Yale University, he co-led the team responsible for the $20 million Sterling Memorial Library Nave restoration project, implementing a radical redesign of library services and spaces.

“I was drawn to Augusta University for the opportunity to lead libraries in a public institution that is growing in enrollment and research,” Warren said.

“This new role signifies the university’s commitment to providing excellence to its faculty, students and staff and achieving its aspirations through an investment in its libraries. I am so excited to bring my passion and creativity in leading the library faculty and staff, collaborating with my peer deans, and ensuring the success of Provost MacKinnon’s vision at AU.”

Warren serves as a member, leader and active contributor to the American Library Association and Association of College and Research Libraries. He has worked at several research universities in a variety of positions including Yale University, UNC Charlotte, and North Carolina State University. He is a published author and speaker on transformative change and innovative services in research libraries.

Warren earned both his bachelor’s degree in comparative literature and history and master’s degree in library science from Indiana University.

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